Welcome to the final installment of Reasons to Deploy in the Cloud! In this series of posts, I'm discussing some reasons for choosing a cloud platform. Previously I've talked about managing costs, the power of scaling, ease of management, interoperability, and in the last post, reliability. This is the final part of the series, discussing flexibility.
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Welcome back to another installment of Reasons to Deploy in the Cloud! In this series of posts, I'm discussing some reasons for choosing a cloud platform. Previously I've talked about managing costs, the power of scaling, ease of management, and interoperability. Nearing the conclusion, I will look at some of the ways the cloud lends reliability to your application.
In Nicholas Carr’s 2008 book, The Big Switch (Rewiring the World from Edison to Google), he chronicled the evolution of power that helped fuel the industrial revolution. Carr wrote that steam engines and waterwheels that generated power for factories, “had to be located close to the point where their power was used.” Carr noted that factories were clustered around rivers that provided the propulsion necessary to turn the waterwheels, which in turn, powered the factories they served. Factories in the 1800’s were, “as much in the business of manufacturing energy as manufacturing goods.”
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Amazon Web Services Re:Invent conference, in Las Vegas. Over 32,000 attendees and presenters from around the globe were there for the world’s largest global cloud summit. Over five days I walked nearly 68 miles between airport terminals and conference event halls, seeing over 20 talks, keynotes, and events.